Overview

Shelby is a Shareholder practicing in the area of Workers' Compensation. Her litigation practice focuses on the defense of claims against state funded and self-insured employers. Shelby has served as lead counsel in numerous cases in the Courts of Common Pleas in Hamilton, Montgomery, Warren, Butler and Clermont Counties in Ohio.

Shelby represents nationally known trucking companies, retailers, hotel establishments, and food manufacturers. Shelby also works with smaller, state-funded clients to keep their claim costs low, and to successfully resolve their disputes through either trial or settlement. Shelby collaborates with her clients to make sure that they feel actively involved in the litigation and resolution of their case. Shelby has participated in many mediations which were resolved in her clients' favor. Shelby also presents teaching seminars on specific Workers' Compensation issues to multiple clients and to claim adjusters. 

Described by her peers as aggressive, tenacious, and fair, Shelby also has a unique advantage with respect to claims management as she started her career on the other side of the courtroom as a representative for injured workers. This special perspective provides Shelby with valuable insight as she counsels her clients, enabling her to both anticipate and defend the varying aspects of a workers' compensation claim.

Shelby has been recognized by Ohio Super Lawyers Magazine as a "Super Lawyer," an honor bestowed upon less than 2.5% of lawyers in the State of Ohio. Shelby has also served as an adjunct professor at her alma mater, The University of Dayton School of Law.

Representative Experience

In the case of State ex rel. Lapp Roofing & Sheet Metal Co., Inc. v. Indus. Comm. The Supreme Court of Ohio reaffirmed their prior holding that in order to perfect an appeal under 4123.511 a party must substantially comply with the following four requirements: (1)the claimant and employer names, (2) the claim number, (3)the date of the decision appealed from, and (4)the fact that the appellant appeals therefrom. The Supreme Court of Ohio held that absolute compliance is not necessary, rather, if a party substantially complies with the provisions of 4123.511, that will be sufficient to perfect the appeal.  State ex rel. Lapp Roofing & Sheet Metal Co., Inc. v. Indus. Comm.,117 Ohio St.3d 179, 2008-Ohio-850

Obtained defense victory against an alleged Loss of Use of Arm, saving the client $144,000.

Obtained defense victory in multiple Asbestosis Death claim, saving clients from paying hundreds of thousands of dollars in death benefits.

Routinely obtained favorable Handicap Reimbursements.

Successfully mediated multiple cases.

Gave presentations to clients in order to help them handle claims in more efficient and cost-effective ways.

Gave presentations to colleagues on topics of interest to workers’ compensation attorneys, including relevant case law updates.

Honors & Recognitions

Graduate of the Ohio Women's Leadership Institute, Class of 2014

Recognized as a Rising Star and as a Super Lawyer by Ohio Super Lawyers Magazine 

Environmental Law Moot Court Team, 1996




Community & Professional

Ohio State Bar Association

Kentucky Bar Association

Cincinnati Bar Association

Northern Kentucky Bar Association

Ohio Women's Bar Foundation

Ohio Women's Bar Association

Adjunct Professor:
University of Dayton School of Law, Legal Profession III, 2000

Results

For a more complete list of trial results, please contact attorney.

News

Speaking Engagements

  • Cincinnati, OH, Sep 24, 2016
  • Case Law Update
    Columbus, OH, Sep 21, 2016
  • OSIA Conference-Sponsor
    Cincinnati, Jun 18, 2014
  • The Issues of Course and Scope in the Allowability of a Workers’ Comp. Claim
    CareWorks Consultants and Gallagher Bassett Claim Departments - Columbus, OH, Oct 13, 2011
  • Overview of Workers' Compensation and Claim Investigation, Dollar General-Sedgwick-Attys and Claim Administrators Meeting
    Columbus, Ohio, Oct 6, 2008

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Publications

Practice Areas

Clerkships

  • Law Clerk to the Honorable John Kessler, former Chief Judge of the Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas

Education

J.D., University of Dayton, 1997
University of Dayton School of Law Champion
Walter Rice Moot Court Competition, November 1995

B.S., East Tennessee State University, magna cum laude, 1994
Recipient, East Tennessee State University Department of Political Science Outstanding Student, 1993-1994
Dean's List 11 Semesters

Admissions

  • State of Ohio, 1997
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio, 1997
  • Commonwealth of Kentucky, 2005
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